Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Health experts move to end plastic waste pollution in FCT

Health care experts have decried the increasing occurrence of micro plastic damages in the FCT and pharmaceutical waste stressing that it is one of the major threat to human existence.

In a multi-sectoral dialogue in Abuja with the theme, managing health care waste and plastic pollution,  experts noted that the indiscriminate dumping of plastics has led to major plastic pollution in the environment especially drinking water sources.

Speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the conference, convener of the Environment on Sustainable Change Initiative, Adiza Ujo, stated that it had become imminent to dialogue on ways to manage healthcare and plastic waste.

According to her two different studies were conducted in 2019 on healthcare waste using 30 healthcare facilities as a case study.

She also noted that the studies focused on how plastic waste can be managed and the extent of contamination of the source of water in Abuja adding that the discovery raises cause for concern.

"We are here to talk about the issues of plastic waste and pharmaceutical waste because the discovery of pharmaceutical waste and plastic waste in our water ways has necessitated that we speak with our stakeholders and find out how we can address this issue.

"In 2019 we carried out a survey with the support of German Green foundation on pharmaceutical waste in our water ways on Usuma Dam. Also the Japan International Corporation Agency carried out a survey in thirty different healthcare facilities and we discovered that everyone is affected by this because this waste gets into our water channels which is harmful to health" she explained.

Also speaking was Dr Ifenna Ilechukwu a micro plastic pharmaceutical analyst, who stated that despite efforts from a variety of stakeholders in Nigeria to curb plastic waste pollution, the number of plastic waste in the environment and waste continues to increase with no clear data on plastic waste.

He called for synergy between the government and private sector on plastic waste management value chain stating that this will provide a lasting solution that will ensure that health care waste is managed properly along the entire value chain.

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